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Doctors support stem cell research

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More than 70 percent of doctors say federal funding for stem cell research will improve the country’s position as an innovator in health care. A national study of 636 doctors showed that physicians generally support the move to lift the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The majority of respondents — 84… Continue Reading Doctors support stem cell research

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IRS posts site for COBRA questions

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The Internal Revenue Service has a Web site for employers to claim credit for the COBRA medical premiums they pay for their former employees. The information, available at IRS.gov, includes an extensive set of questions and answers about the requirements set forth as part of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The site… Continue Reading IRS posts site for COBRA questions

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Child cardiac arrest testing

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One high school athlete dies every two days from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or enlarged heart. Since the condition goes undetected without echocardiograms, the Anthony Bates Foundation is organizing a free cardiac screening from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 7 at Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument. Previous screenings by the foundation resulted in… Continue Reading Child cardiac arrest testing

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New clinic

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The Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences has opened a health clinic for city employees. The goal is to lower health insurance claims for the city, while also giving nursing students the opportunity for hands-on learning. The clinic is designed to assist with acute and episodic health care needs, as well as wellness promotion,… Continue Reading New clinic

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Kidney Fair: March 13

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In response to an increase in kidney disease nationwide, the Pikes Peak Kidney Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13 at Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway. The National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, in partnership with Pikes Peak Nephrology Associates, will offer a non-invasive kidney health… Continue Reading Kidney Fair: March 13

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Health care committee seeks research help

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A new steering committee established by Gov. Bill Ritter’s Office of Boards and Commissions is seeking applicants to study health care cost containment and how to improve care quality. Applications to help with the Center for Improving Value in Health Care Steering Committee are due March 16. The panel will advise the state on strategies… Continue Reading Health care committee seeks research help

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers will receive $1.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will aid 5,240 patients and create at least 40 jobs. The money is being distributed by the Health and Human Services Administration and is part of $155 million in grants set aside for community health centers. “These… Continue Reading Peak Vista stimulus money to create 40 jobs

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Technology often is touted as the cure for health care, but a Joint Commission alert warns that implementing technology could jeopardize the quality and safety of patient care.
The alert urges greater attention to understanding when a technology might be applicable; choosing the right technology and understanding what impact it will have on the quality and safety of patient care. Continue Reading Patient quality and safety shouldn’t take a back seat to technology

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Doctors still believe in miracles

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Studies show that doctors still believe in miracles — but their religious views are less positive today than they were four years ago.
Studies were conducted during December 2004 and December 2008 to measure physicians’ views on religious beliefs.
Some beliefs remain the same: doctors believe that religion is a necessary guide to life and the majority still believe in miracles. Continue Reading Doctors still believe in miracles

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Penrose seeking to foster work/life balance

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Companies and hospitals want the same thing — happy, healthy employees.
And Penrose-St. Francis is launching a dialog with area employment agencies to create a partnership for wellness in the workplace.
At the first meeting, representatives from the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Pikes Peak Workforce Center — as well as others — Continue Reading Penrose seeking to foster work/life balance

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